Chris Johnson There are plenty of people in the current Parliament who, when they deliver an address, look more prime ministerial than Tony Abbott: the actual Prime Minister, for one.
Michael Gordon Tony Abbott gave voters a glimpse of a very different prime ministership when he stepped up to the podium at the National Press Club.
Paul Sheehan The following comments were selected from hundreds drawn predominantly from Hansard but also other published records.
Katharine Murphy He may have not think he has a women problem, but some seem to have a problem with him.
Michelle Grattan There is no doubt that many on the conservative side, especially Jones, have taken an ''anything goes'' attitude when it comes to Gillard. That's why Abbott's attitude to Jones is important.
Michelle Grattan Today's polls — Nielsen and News — both reinforce the message Abbott has a major issue with his own ratings and, worse for the Coalition, that it is starting to leak into the voting figures.
Jessica Wright We understand. The job market for national leaders is tight these days. You are not alone. Interview performance anxiety is perfectly normal.
Catherine Deveny I can't stop thinking about him. I've even had his face tattooed on the insides of my eyelids so I can see him the moment I wake up. I'm so obsessed with him I chant his name aloud without realising.
Tony Wright Tony Abbott has perfected the quick apparel change. Think Superman. One minute he is in sweat-soaked lycra and clonking around in cycling shoes...
Gerard Henderson In politics it is often difficult to separate fact from myth. Labor parliamentarians and some commentators are now running the line that, due to his rigorous exercise regime, Tony Abbott is not doing...
Anne Summers If Tony Abbott is serious about wanting to boost women's workforce participation, there are more effective and less expensive ways to accomplish this than via his paid parental leave scheme, which...
Peter Hartcher Labor's budget this week is like the pyramid of an Egyptian pharaoh, says one of the party's federal MPs: "Gillard is building the monuments for her legacy, and she's sacrificing us slaves in the...
Jacqueline Maley Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey thought he was having a good week. And he was, right up until the moment he called 2GB broadcaster Alan Jones on Wednesday morning.
Waleed Aly Tea Party in the US, the UKIP in Britain - Abbott better beware the rising attraction of conservative splitters.
Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott came on Thursday not to demolish the Labor government as a tribal leader but to chide it as an adult alternative prime minister.
Judith Ireland With the baby bonus to be scrapped from next March, there are plenty of Australians wondering what it means for them.
Michael Gordon Comeback the one thing Wayne Swan will not be expecting from his sixth budget.
Peter Hartcher Australia is in a state of national political schizophrenia.
Nicholas Stuart The moniker of world’s greatest treasurer will be cold comfort as he delivers what’s sure to be his last budget.
Tim Colebatch Only a diverse, timely and merit-based set of transport solutions can meet the needs of fast-growing cities.